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My analyses are based on composite charts that combine data for the New and Full Moons of each month.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Chiron in America [Advisory: This month's post is not for the faint of heart.]

Chiron in America

[Advisory: This month's post is not for the faint of heart.]

In mid-2010, in less than two years, solar arc Chiron will contact the ascendant of the US natal chart. Solar arc Chiron will then spend roughly 30 years in the US first house. This signals a time of trial and, ultimately, healing and deep spiritual maturation for the United States.

Chiron often triggers painful and costly episodes that destroy blocks between the personality and the higher self. These episodes can involve illness, injury, accidents and natural or man-made disasters. They can also involve very serious, emotional distress.

Saturn might weigh one down and/or belabor a point when you can least afford it. Chiron will trip one up and then rub one's nose in it. When someone is headed for a fall, Chiron brings the fall. And if you’ve been messing with Mother Nature, Chiron will mess with you.

Chiron drives home all the important lessons one has so far avoided learning, all the points one has studiously avoided, and it often does so quite pointedly. It brings home the consequences one thought one would never have to face. It manifests that one in a million chance for disaster.

Solar arc Chiron on the US ascendant, means that the floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, droughts, bridge collapses, food scares and other misfortunes of recent years, with all their attendant hardship, are harbingers of things to come.

Ultimately, Chiron has a softening, humbling, humanizing, or spiritualizing, effect on people. It inspires empathy and compassion. And it brings a quest for healing and a concern for the afflicted. However, Chiron's methods are very often harsh. It is Chiron, not Saturn, that really tries the souls of men and women.

Solar Arc Aspects Trump Transits

Nasty transits bring passing troubles, frequently from without, like a passing storm. Rough solar arc aspects, like those we are expecting in the US, bring lasting, life-altering difficulties.

They organize and bring to bear destructive forces at work within a nation. Rough solar arc aspects work from within with destructive forces we ourselves have set in motion.

This very potent solar arc Chiron contact with the US ascendant in mid-2010 will be aggravated by several other decidedly challenging solar arc contacts. Taken together, this cluster of solar arc contacts strongly suggest a time of crisis.

Uranus Complications

Solar arc Chiron will be within orb of opposition to the exceedingly touchy US natal Uranus in the 7th house. This 7th house influence suggests painful and costly difficulties with, alongside, or on behalf of, our allies and other partner nations. This will bring a worsening or escalation of ongoing difficulties, but it could will probably also bring fresh new problems.

US natal Uranus, testy as it is, occupies a powerful position near the descendant, the cusp of the 7th house. That is a delicate and dangerous spot in and of itself.

But US natal Uranus also opposes (within about 2 degrees) the massively over-reactive natal Saturn/Pluto midpoint, a sore point that can trigger massive overkill. America’s "Don't tread on me!” spot. Your best friend or your worst enemy.

These natal aspects represent the famous willingness of Americans to fight and die for freedom, their own or someone else's, often at the drop of a hat. They also represent the tension between America's role as a liberator and its need to control and coordinate the actions of its allies and partners.

These upcoming solar arc aspects are going to weigh upon this sensitive, explosive spot in the US chart a little too hard and long for comfort.

Saturn Complications

Chiron's opposition to Uranus, by itself, is sufficient to unleash a painfully, dangerously intense desire for liberation and independence among groups in the US and among our friends, allies and trading partners abroad.

But there is still more to look out for. Solar arc Saturn will be close to the very touchy US natal Uranus, aggravating all the other aggravations. This pressurizing Saturn aspect will certainly worsen the effects of the solar arc Chiron opposition to natal Uranus, making them more costly, painful and enduring.

The influence of solar arc Chiron on this delicate and dangerous point could easily signal violence in the US or in one or more of its important partner nations. Saturn’s involvement is almost a guarantee of serious trouble.

All of the above goes double or triple because, as you will have noticed, these exceedingly troublesome aspects are all quite angular.

Pluto Complications

Solar arc Pluto, riding high in the 9th house closely squares US natal Mars in the 7th. This is a very explody aspect, too. It significantly increases the possibility of US involvement in a brutal foreign war.

Neptune Complications

Finally, solar arc Pluto is nearly conjunct natal Neptune on the midheaven. This indicates an inclination to abuse drugs and alcohol to escape from extreme psychological tensions.

The US solar arc chart for June 2010 presents a genuinely scary picture. It strongly suggests that the difficulties we have experienced in recent years are not passing difficulties. They are harbingers of more difficult times to come.

Pluto in Capricorn Complications

All of the above must also be put in the already disquieting context of Pluto's powder keggy transit of the Capricorn/Cancer axis.

I try to remain optimistic. But in this case, my optimism must come from the benefits of early detection and early warning. Forewarned is forearmed. It might be time to hunker down.

If by the Grace of the Good Lord we manage to escape the worst effects of these solar arc aspects, count us fortunate indeed.

On the upside, sort of, this analysis is focused on the macro level. The same forces, as troublesome as they are, usually hit less hard on the micro, individual level.

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